Staff

The national office is staffed by a small, focused team of professionals with a wide range of experience. 

 

We provide our members with a collective voice, working with them to influence key decision-makers in Parliament and government to promote the sound administration of the law and the role of magistrates. We also provide free advice, support and guidance for all members; create community engagement opportunities through our Magistrates in the Community initiative; publish MAGISTRATE, the only magazine dedicated to the magistracy; and hold a number of events every year.

 

TOM FRANKLIN 
Chief Executive

As head of staff, Tom has overall responsibility for the management of the organisation and finances. He supports and reports to the Board of Trustees and provides assistance to the national officers.

Direct line: 020 7255 9003
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

SAMIRA ALI
Policy and Research Officer

Samira is one of our two policy and research officers leading on our influencing and advocacy work. She supports our Adult Court Committee, as well as our Youth Magistrates and BAME Networks. 

Direct line: tbc
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

ALEXANDRA CHITTY
Head of Marketing and Communications

Alexandra oversees all the MA's internal and external communications and, along with the rest of the senior management team, is responsible for increasing membership recruitment, engagement and retention.

Direct line: tbc
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Melodie Hyams - Communications Officer

MELODIE HYAMS
Editor of MAGISTRATE *

Melodie's main areas of responsibility are: MAGISTRATE magazine, MA website (members' section), MA corporate style and MA images. 
(part time)

Direct line: 020 7255 9008
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

HELEN RICHARDSON
Policy and Research Officer

Helen is one of our two policy and research officers leading on our influencing and advocacy work. She supports our Family Court and Youth Court Committees, as well as our Magistrates with Disabilities and LGBT+ Networks. 

Direct line: tbc
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Lisa Whitehead - Membership and Events Manager (Interim)

LISA WHITEHEAD
Head of Membership, Branch Development & Events 

Lisa is responsible for membership and branch activities, ensuring effective member recruitment, retention, communication, engagement and services. She ensures that branches have the right tools they need to run effectively and additionally manages the MA national events.

Direct line: 020 7255 9000
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353

 

Celestine Woodham - Membership and Events Assistant

CÉLESTINE WOODHAM
Membership & Events Assistant

Célestine provides all-round membership and administrative support.

Direct line: 020 7388 5558
Telephone (main switchboard): 020 7387 2353